The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the truth adequately, while, on the other hand, no one fails entirely, but everyone says something true about the nature of all things, and while individually
A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art.
There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature- than in those of art.
There is always something new coming out of Africa.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
A friend is another I.
He who hath many friends hath none.
Happiness is essentially perfect; so that the happy man requires in addition the goods of the body, external goods and the gifts of fortune, in order that his activity may not be impeded through lack of them.
Men are good in but one way, but bad in many.
Every effort therefore must be made to perpetuate prosperity. And, since that is to the advantage of the rich as well as the poor, all that accrues from the revenues should be collected into a single fund and distributed in block grants to those in need, if possible in lump sums large enough for the
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast.
Modesty is hardly to be described as a virtue. It is a feeling rather than a disposition. It is a kind of fear of falling into disrepute.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
The life of theoretical philosophy is the best and happiest a man can lead. Few men are capable of it and then only intermittently. For the rest there is a second-best way of life, that of moral virtue and practical wisdom.
In the perfect state the good man is absolutely the same as the good citizen; whereas in other states the good citizen is only good relatively to his own form of government.
Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers, and oligarchy in which the rich; it is only an accident that the free are the many and the rich are the few.
Therefore the good man ought to be a lover of self, since he will then both benefit himself by acting nobly and aid his fellows; but the bad man ought not to be a lover of self, since he will follow his base passions, and so injure both himself and his neighbors. With the bad man therefore, what he
Yet the true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme povery lowers the character of the democracy; measures therefore should be taken which will give them lasting prosperity; and as this is equally the interest of all classes, the proceeds of the public revenues should
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
The good lawgiver should inquire how states and races of men and communities may participate in a good life, and in the happiness which is attainable by them.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Arist
Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. Arist
Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotl